Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend


Thursday, December 19th, 2013 — 7:14pm PST
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With snow on the ground the top “Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend” might be to pick up a shovel, salt, and a toboggan — either that or crossing off the very last names on your gift list. If you’re looking to get out and about to simply enjoy the season with friends and family, here are a few suggestions:

Vancouver at Christmas
Photo credit: Alexis Birkill Photography on Flickr

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, December 20, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre
VSO Tiny Tots: Holiday Hooray!
Happy Non-Denominational Holiday Spectacular
Winter Solstice at West End Community Centre
Goh Ballet’s Nutcracker
Park and Tilford Hi-Light Festival Family Day
VSO A Traditional Christmas
Christmas Candle Lighting Service
VanDusen Festival of Lights
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Christmas at Urban Digs Farm
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Saturday, December 21, 2013
Free All Ages Short Films at The Cinematheque All Day
Sing it Fwd at the Vogue Theatre
Coenpalooza at the VIFF Theatre: Barton Fink
Coenpalooza at the VIFF Theatre: The Big Lebowski
Coenpalooza at the VIFF Theatre: Raising Arizona
Explore Christmas Customs from Pioneer Times at the Surrey Museum
Shine, Shop, Dine Trolley Tour in the West End
Final Artisan’s Fair at River Market of 2013
Heritage Holiday at Fort Langley
Weekend Holiday Entertainment at Brentwood
Polar Express at City Centre Library Surrey
Goh Ballet’s Nutcracker
VanDusen Festival of Lights
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Sunday, December 22, 2013
Royal City Youth Ballet’s Nutcracker
Fashionistas For Philippines – Shop for Hope
Weekend Holiday Entertainment at Brentwood
Last Chance Christmas Fair
Heritage Holiday at Fort Langley
Goh Ballet’s Nutcracker
VanDusen Festival of Lights
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

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Holiday Activities in Vancouver

Light Displays
VanDusen Festival of Lights, St Paul’s Lights of Hope, Festival of Trees at the Four Seasons, Home For The Holidays A Sutton Tree Pageant, Bright Nights in Stanley Park, 12 Days of Christmas at Leigh Square, Park & Tilford Holiday Hi-Lite Festival, Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge, Park Board Lights at Elm Grove in English Bay, Lost Lagoon, and George Wainborn Park in Yaletown.


View Christmas Lights in the Lower Mainland, 2013 in a larger map

Family Fun
Ice skating at Robson Square, Winter Waterfront District, North Pole BC at Lynn Valley, Heritage Christmast at Burnaby Village Museum, Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre, Heritage Holiday at Fort Langley.

Live Shows/Performances
It’s Snowing on Salt Spring (until December 28), The Santaland Diaries (until December 21), Mary Poppins (until January 5), Christmas Pantomime Red Riding Hood (December 18 to January 4), Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen (December 11-15 & 19-21), Cavalia: Odysseo (until January 2014), Vancouver Theatre Sports Christmas Queen (until December 21), Jack & the Beanstalk: An East Van Panto (December 4-21), Christmas Presence at Pacific Theatre (December 11-21), Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya (starts December 26), Ballet BC’s Nutcracker (December 28-31), Goh Ballet’s Nutcracker (December 14-15 & 20-22).

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